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Famous Pin-Up Photographer Bunny Yeager Dies at 85

Image: Yeager poses for a self portrait in Naples, Fla., in 1960.
Yeager poses for a self portrait in Naples, Fla., in 1960. Yeager, a model turned photographer most famous for photographing Bettie Page in the 1950s, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at a Delray Beach, Fla., hospice. She was 85 years old. Bunny Yeager / © Bunny Yeager via AP

Bunny Yeager, a model turned photographer, died Saturday at a hospice in Delray Beach, Fla., according to the Associated Press. She was 85.

Born Linnea Eleanor Yeager in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, on March 13, 1929, she found early success in modeling in the 1940s, when she was one of the most photographed models in Miami, according to the AP.

Yeager started taking self-portraits in the 1950s wearing homemade swimsuits and helped to popularize the bikini. She also photographed Bettie Page in 1954, helping to lift Page into the modeling spotlight.

Image: Bunny Yeager
Photographer Bunny Yeager poses next to a self portrait photograph taken in 1952 at the Bunny Yeager Studio in Miami, April 23, 2013. Yeager, a model turned photographer who was most famous for photographing Bettie Page in the 1950s, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at a Delray Beach hospice. She was 85 years old.Lynne Sladky / AP file